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Spring Break RoadTrip Giveaway!

March 9th, 2009
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Prize #1: This is RTAs top-recommended atlas

Prize #1: This is RTA's top-recommended atlas

Prize Package #2:  Two great audio books and funny sign book

Prize Package #2: Two great audio books and funny sign book

Package #3 -- Road Games and RTAs Funny Signs book

Package #3 -- Road Games and RTA's Funny Signs book

We are offering another Spring Break RoadTrip Giveaway contest. This year, we have created three prize packages. All three packages are worth about $75. Here’s how to enter and win!

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Change in Facebook T&Cs

February 17th, 2009

peter-thody-facebookThose with a Facebook account may be interested to learn of an update to the Terms & Conditions applied to your content. At the beginning of February, Facebook basically assumed an “irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense)” to do what they want with any content you put up there, and to use “your name, likeness and image” for whatever they want.

The big change however, is that they can do this forever. Previously, if you terminated your Facebook account, all their rights ceased at the same time. This is no longer the case. 

This probably doesn’t matter for most people – it’s just a bit of fun social networking – but you might want to think twice about posting any photos or creative content. There’s a more detailed explanation of it all on the MarketingVox website.

My Favorite Magazine?

February 13th, 2009

Overland Journal -- One of the best magazines "Out There"
(Photo courtesy of the Overland Journal)
I receive scores of travel books and magazines every month, but there is one periodical that I hoard with guilty pleasure…. No, get your mind back on track… I’m talking serious road trip fun. I was a charter subscriber to the Overland Journal and it continues to enrich and enhance my life. I don’t receive any form of remuneration of any kind for promoting this magazine — but I love reading it and everyone I have ever given a copy to shares my appreciation for a product that is extraordinarily well done. Click here for the newest information about the amazing trips and gear that they document.

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Good Eating at the Corral

February 13th, 2009

Just returned from a trip for the warmth from wintery Chicago to the Florida Panhandle, Panama City Beach, specifically.

We have found the Golden Corral restaurant chain to be an excellent value.  How they are able to put food like that out for that price, about $7.99 for lunch and $9.99 for dinner,  is beyond me.  Dinner includes shrimp, items from their Applewood Grill, and steak cooked the way you like.

Lunch has miniburgers, fish, meatloaf and other items.  Salads are excellent with several choices.  And, the dessert area is something else!

We’ve been going to Golden Corrals, which are often located right alongside interstates, for the last several years since we discovered them.  You can eat really well!

So, on the road, I highly recommend Golden Corral.

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The anatomy of a roadtrip

February 13th, 2009

For me a roadtrip has three parts

Part I: Plan the roadtrip. This part is great fun because it requires hours and hours of looking at the map(s). I calculate distances between stops and estimate the time each stop will take. I look for roads marked scenic and I keep an eye open for the red dots that point out places such as state parks, museums and other roadside “marvels.” [Note: the red dots often result in Internet searches.] Multi-day roadtrips usually have defined destinations and most of the time I make lodging reservations prior to hitting the road. I like knowing that I can arrive at my destination at any time and be guaranteed of having a spot to “hang my head.” I usually plan a roadtrip day to be 8-12 hours in duration and the planning requires paying attention to time-zone changes and sunrise/sunset times. In a nutshell, planning roadtrips is fun.

Part II: Execute the roadtrip. I find that most of the time I rarely consult the roadtrip plan. This is because I’ve taken the roadtrip multiple times in my head. Many roadtrips do not follow the plan exactly, but they usually come close. I actually like having to modify roadtrips while they are in progress.

Part III: Document the roadtrip. I find myself “retaking” the roadtrip over and over while working on its write-up. Documenting the roadtrip allows for the recording of items that were either missed or discovered during the adventure. In addition, documenting a roadtrip is a useful tool for generating ideas for future roadtrips.

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